If you had been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, suffice it to say that I have been working. Working on myself, that is. Finally my children are at an age where they are not too dependent on me and I can actually go out. I have recently started a diet and exercise program (updates later), and I have also started to go out with friends without having to tag my kids along.
This past weekend, I decided to take a night out in Prague with a few friends. We went to Kstar Karaoke bar, the only Karaoke bar in Prague specializing in private room karaoke, where guests can have a room to themselves and sing in front of people they know. The concept of this type of bar is nothing new. It is an Asian concept, and I was told that the owner of the bar got this idea from Japan after living there for several years.
Those who know Filipinos and have spent time in Filipino communities will know that we love karaoke. Hence, it was no surprise that we completely enjoyed the experience. The room was spacious enough for all of us, and food was allowed to be brought in. (Probably one of the biggest pros about this place.) The bar was well-stocked with a good selection of drinks and the song selection was also a good mix of old and new pop hits.
Most of their customers are foreigners, and they also cater corporate events for some companies and organizations who are interested in this type of entertainment. Although karaoke is not a popular Czech past-time, I was told that more and more Czechs are starting to take interest in this form of entertainment.
Perhaps the only downside for this place is that it didn’t have a parking space, which is quite common for establishments in the city center. I also found the microphone wires bothersome. But Marek, the manager told me that plans are underway to change that. They are planning to do a system upgrade where everything will be touch screen.
All in all, it was a pleasant experience. It is good to know that a place like this is already starting to gain popularity here in Prague. I think I’ve just found a new hangout.